Friday, March 20, 2009

Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake

I've said it before... and I'll say it again: I'm obsessed with all things Irish. From the color green, to Guinness to shamrocks to irish car bombs (the shot, not the real thing) to Ireland, itself... I love any and everything associated with Ireland.

So, it makes sense that my favorite holiday is St. Patrick's Day.

This year, I hosted my 2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Party. And amongst the Guinness, Harp, and Irish Car Bombs (I think we did 6-7 car bombs during the course of the party. I think 10 was the max that I made at once), I had some Irish-y themed baked goods as well. This cheesecake is one of those items.

I made this cheesecake last year, as well. But, this year, I made a few changes to it. I love Baileys, don't get me wrong... but I wanted something a little less IN YOUR FACE Baileys, this year. If you like Baileys, you'll love this cheesecake. And like all cheesecakes, this one is super easy. (Although, we bakers should make a pact right now... we should stop insisting to people how easy cheesecakes are to make... we wouldn't want to take away the wow factor when we present our yummy treats, right?)

Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake
Original Recipe Here

First of all, I made this recipe with your regular graham cracker crust. But, I think next year... I might switch it up again and use a vanilla wafer crust or possibly a shortbread crust.

Also, I think this cheesecake would be just as delicious without the addition of the chocolate chips. They look pretty in and on top of the cake, but it's almost overkill for me. The cheesecake is so rich on it's own, it doesn't need too much embellishing (then again, I'm a SUCKER for a plain cheesecake).

Ingredients

Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp of melted butter
pinch of salt

Filling:
2 1/4 lbs of cream cheese, softened (I used some 1/3 less fat packages)
1 2/3 cups sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Crust Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of a 10 inch springform pan.

Bake for 7-10 minutes and then allow to cool before you pour in cheesecake filling.

Filling Directions:

Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Beat sugar in gradually, make sure to keep the sides of the bowl scraped down during this whole process. Add eggs in one at a time and beat until incorporated.

Beat in Baileys, heavy cream, and vanilla.

Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips onto the cooled crust (before you pour the cheesecake filling in). Then gently pour in the filling and sprinkle the rest on top of the cheesecake.

Place a pan of water on the bottom rack of your oven and then place your cheesecake on the rack above it and bake at 325 for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until puffed, springy in center and golden-y brown.

Cool cake completely. And in a perfect world, refrigerate for at least a day before serving.

9 comments:

Elyse said...

Mmm, this cheesecake looks fabulous. Man oh man, I'm all for the overkill of the chocolate chips. You know what would happen right? If I had been at your party, I would've done too many Irish car bombs and then would've had the urge to eat the entire cheesecake. Yes, alcohol does two things to me: makes me want to dance (even if there's no music and no one else dancing) and it makes me want to eat sweets. Sounds like you had a fabulously fun party (with an awesome cake)!

Kevin said...

That cheesecake looks so good!

Linda Komondy said...

Just found this today via Pinterest. Looks delicious! What about a chocolate cookie crust? Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

I bought a gluten free brownie mix and made the cookie dough on the pkg back. Pressed dough into pan. Poured in a Bailey's cheesecake filling. Served with a Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate ganache topping.

Diane Allen said...

I am on a diet. :(

Anonymous said...

Where's the recipe for the cheese cake on the picture on pinterest. That one is layered with no chocolate chips

Anonymous said...

http://www.food.com/recipe/baileys-irish-cream-chocolate-chip-cheesecake-132261 (it is available in the Original Recipe link under the picture on the blog)

BARBARA JOHNSON said...

Just a thought, but you might want to consider taking some food photography lessons. Even though this is from 2009, you've been doing this for almost 10 years now, but the photos are dark and actually not appetizing. I found this recipe on someone elses post that led here,and they have actually changed the photo to something that looks awesome at I love to cook. People pin what is appealing to the eye. I think it would boost your blog tremendously.

Unknown said...

Anon: sorry, can't find it there.